Classic Vanilla Buttercream Icing

I use this recipe ALL the time for cakes and cupcakes!

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 to 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of icing sugar. Add vanilla extract and continue beating.  If your icing needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining icing sugar. If your icing needs to be thinned out, add milk. (I usually leave out the milk)
  2. Add any food colouring after the vanilla extract and leave out the milk.
  3. If you are using for cupcakes: a thicker consistency is desired. Scoop into piping bag.
  4. If you are icing a cake: a thicker consistency is not required, just spread with a knife.

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